Did you know that according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted each year? That’s an alarming amount! Although we might be unaware of it, food wastage causes significant harm to the environment and even contributes to climate change.
At NRTC Fresh, we provide premium fresh fruits and vegetables online to make your lives easier and promote healthy lifestyles. However, we also have a responsibility to consume produce to its fullest and educate others to do so. We humans can drastically reduce food wastage, and it all starts with how we consume and store our food.
Here are five ways to make sure you reduce food waste when eating fresh fruits and vegetables from NRTC Fresh.
- Utilize the FIFO (First In, First Out) System
As a commonly used accounting method and inventory management system in supply chains, the FIFO process is a simple method that can be applied to minimising food waste. As the method’s name suggests, it involves consuming older fruits and vegetables (or those most likely to expire sooner) first, thereby reducing the likelihood of ending up with expired produce. This can help save money in the long-term and even improve your organisation skills!
- Consume the Peels
Generally, people tend to peel some fresh fruits and vegetables for aesthetics, hygiene, or just pure habit. While peeling some types of produce can avoid hard-to-eat substances and diseases, other fruits and vegetable peels can be very nutritious. For example, Potato skins contain fibre, Vitamin C, potassium, and iron. Cucumber peels are loaded with Vitamin K, fibre, and potassium; however, you may use water and a paper towel to rinse off the initial waxy layer. Citrus skins such as Lemon and Orange can be grated into zest or even be used to make some wholesome marmalade!
- Create Unique Smoothies
While some vegetable stems, ends, and peels can seem unappetizing in their original form, blending them into a smoothie is a great way to enjoy their health benefits and reduce food waste. Many greens such as Kale, Chard, and Spinach are packed with fibre and antioxidants, which can help boost the immune system. Mixing them with other leftovers from beetroots, carrots, and strawberries can make nutritious smoothies with unique health benefits.
- Make Homemade Stock
Excess leftovers of fresh fruits and vegetables are great ingredients to make homemade stock or broth. You can boil the peels and scrapings of vegetables together to create a delicious broth or soup, which can also be stored in the fridge.
- Learn to Pickle
Leftover vegetables and fruits can make amazing pickles that can last much longer. Fermented pickles are known to have probiotics that can improve gut health and fight diseases. Pickles can also help maintain adequate blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of diabetes.
With so many ways to reduce food waste, it’s paramount to take those first steps to consume food more responsibly and enable a less polluted tomorrow. Hopefully, we’ve convinced you to think twice about throwing away fresh fruit and vegetable leftovers.
As the largest importer of fresh fruits and vegetables in the UAE, NRTC Fresh is committed to promoting responsible consumption while providing an extensive array of local and international produce. Customers can shop for fresh fruits and vegetables online on www.nrtcfresh.com/ or through the NRTC Fresh mobile application.